Tokyo Girls Collection 2011 S/S – Fashion Brands

Harajuku was even more crowded than usual this weekend as girls from all over Japan converged for Tokyo Girls Collection, 2011 Spring/Summer. Over 25,000 Japanese fashionistas were expected to be in attendance at this edition of TGC’s day-long twice-a-year extravaganza. Much more than just a 5+hour non-stop fashion show, Tokyo Girls Collection is also a live music festival featuring some of the hottest bands in Japan, it’s a place where you can see hundreds of Japanese celebrities/idols in person, and – most famously – TGC is one of the world’s biggest group shopping parties.

While other designers and fashion events around the globe struggle with how to modernize catwalk shows in the new always-on, instant-communication, short-attention-span world, TGC solved that problem long ago. When girls see an outfit they like on one of the Tokyo Girls Collection catwalks, they don’t have to wait a year for it to hit the stores. In fact, TGC attendees’ biggest worry is whether the item they want will already be sold out by the time they type the URL for the online shop into their cell phone – while standing on the floor of the event with music pounding alongside thousands of other screaming girls!

Tokyo Girls Collection

Tokyo Girls Collection is getting more hype with each passing year, and that means that everyone wants to be a part of it. While the brand lineup still leans heavily toward the “real clothing” that many hip young Japanese girls wear on the street every day, we were surprised to see the addition of some higher brands for the 2011 S/S event. Who would have ever thought we’d see Gucci, Fendi, and Yves saint Laurent at TGC? But, there they were, right alongside Love Drug Store, Cecil McBee, and Laisse Passe. Wow!

Part of the fun of Tokyo Girls Collection – besides the music and shopping – is that the runway shows are packed with famous magazine models and Japanese celebrities. This year’s list of runway models was as impressive as ever, with just about everyone who’s anyone in the Japanese magazine modeling world. A few of the known names included Anna Tsuchiya, Tsubasa Masukawa, Ellie Rose, Ai Haruna, Vivian Hsu, Miki Fujimoto, Rikako Sakata, Devin, Juliana, Maiko Takahashi, Fiona, Reina Triendl, Nanaka, Yumiko Hara, Kiko Mizuhara, Mily, Melody Yoko, Rina, Yurico, Lie, Leena, Chikako Watanabe, Kayo Sato, Hinano Yoshikawa and many more.

As we watched the Tokyo Girls Collection 2011 Spring/Summer shows, we tried to keep an eye out for trends. Basically, we saw a number of things that are pretty literally “Spring”, and many that were popular in Spring 2010 (straw bags, long flower dresses, marine-influence, floppy hats). We also saw a few trends that seem to be bigger this year than in the past (high-waisted shorts, gray knee-high socks, wide straight-leg denim pants). Rather than try to explain or describe what was happening on the runway, we’ll just show you our exclusive pictures so that you can see for yourself. If you notice any trends that we missed, or if you have any opinions on the ones we did mention, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article!

This is our second of three reports on Tokyo Girls Collection 2011 S/S. Make sure you also take a peek at our 50+ Tokyo Girls Collection Street Snaps and our exclusive pictures of the TGC K-Pop and J-Pop bands and other special events.

As usual, you can click on any of the 175+ pictures below to see high resolution versions.

Cecil McBee

Cecil McBee at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Girls Doors

Girls Doors at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

LDS (Love Drug Store)

LDS - Love Drug Store at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

MiiA

MiiA at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Ravijour Lingerie

Ravijour Lingerie at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Heather

Heather at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Chesty

Chesty at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

DRWCYS

DRWCYS at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

N.

N Fashion Brand at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Rich

Rich at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

31 Sons de Mode

31 Sons de Mode at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Apuweiser-riche

Apuweiser-Riche at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

ef-de

ef-de Fashion Brand at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Laisse Passe

Laisse Passe at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Lovedrose

Lovedrose at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Beams

Beams at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Borny

Borny at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Kitson

Kitson at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Fendi

Fendi at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Gucci

Gucci at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs at Tokyo Girls Collection

 

YSL (Yves saint Laurent)

Yves saint Laurent at Tokyo Girls Collection
Click on any pictures to see them in high resolution.

Those were the main fashion brands at Tokyo Girls Collection 2011, but that wasn’t the entire show. Our next report will bring you pictures of the performers/singers, as well all of the special stages featuring more Japanese fashion, fun, and music.

If you want to check out the previous TGC event to see how Japanese fashion has changed in a season, don’t miss our Tokyo Girls Collection 2010 pictures.

For more information on the next TGC event, you can check out the English language version of the official website.

 

All photographs by Will Robb.

About the photographer:
As long as he is behind his camera Will is a happy man. He has photographed everything from the slums of Bangkok to the catwalks of Tokyo. He is a contract photographer for Lonely Planet, his images and photo essays have appeared in Time Out, The Japan Times, Sportswear International and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and guidebooks around the world and his photo essays from Iraq for The Griffith Review even earned him a mention in the Australian book review of the year in 2006. In addition to his media related work, Will also shoots events, portraits, weddings and the occasional CD cover. His full portfolio can be found at WillRob.com and whatever he’s working on, he always writes about his jobs and how he goes about them at Will Robb Photography.

24 Comments

  1. 1.

    Sir.Lady (March 8, 2011)

    so this where my beloved fashion where u match things is . . . its about fashion after watching worlds fashion my hopes almost died =.=

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    Asuka (March 8, 2011)

    I wish I was there T.T great pictures

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    scionkirk (March 8, 2011)

    Awesome. Id have thought I died and gone to heaven

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    marco (March 8, 2011)

    very very beautiful!
    how could you photographing this event?
    do you need something like a press pass?

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    Fumiko (March 8, 2011)

    love the floral and 70s’ inspired pieces above, awesome TGC!!

    Check out Google x Tokyo Girls Collection interesting dress-up fashion game@ http://bit.ly/e4VegL

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    angel (March 8, 2011)

    its really fun i was there in fashion shows love it the looks the style

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    Maria (March 8, 2011)

    Thanks for all this awesome photos!

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    BW (March 9, 2011)

    Thank you so much for posting this, great photos and coverage! I hope to attend next year’s TGC event!

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    Sarah (March 10, 2011)

    Brilliant! Read it all!
    Can’t wait to go back!
    X

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    Lisa (March 10, 2011)

    Wahhh, thanks for this – inspiration, inspiration and….polka dots! I’m a very happy girl. ;)

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    Tee (March 12, 2011)

    Gorgeous! I love it! :D

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    katy (March 15, 2011)

    are there online shops for any of the following brands??
    LDS
    lovedrose
    rich
    heather
    and girls doors

    any help would be appreciated

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    taliah (March 15, 2011)

    I Love Tokyo fashion!! Great pics!

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    chaved (March 15, 2011)

    great fashion nice girls awesome dresses just love it LOL!! nice to watch. Wish I would have been there

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    amy (March 16, 2011)

    omg, i love colours (Marc Jacobs and YSL)♥

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    LaydiEbb (March 23, 2011)

    ♥..Very nice! ;-)

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    Princess (August 1, 2011)

    Are you going October 16-23 for spring/summer fashion week?

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    Beth (September 5, 2011)

    It appears as though Native American is a strong trend looking at these pictures…

  21. 21.

    Japan Australia (September 11, 2011)

    Some great pictures of a fantastic event :)

    Japan Australia

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    Clark (September 24, 2011)

    Where can I find the name and profile of all models here?

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    tokyo (September 24, 2011)

    Clark – you can find a profile of every major model in the Tokyo Girls Collection show here:
    http://tgc.st/11aw/model/
    It’s in Japanese, but you can use Google translate, or search the model’s kanji name on Google and then find further into to translate via Google.

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    banihendel (May 31, 2012)

    very very…….nice

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